The 10 Style Personality Profiles for women - une femme d'un certain âge

How your style personality profile(s) can help build a cohesive wardrobe

Developing and evolving authentic personal style is about more than just our physical attributes (shape, proportions, coloring). Personality plays an important role, as well. And understanding our Style Personality Profile can help us to find our best personal style that expresses and brings us into focus.

Susan B. wears a casual look with a gold cashmere sweater, jeans, floral scarf, triple strand pearl bracelet.

earrings (similar) | scarf (similar) | sweater | bracelet | jeans | shoes

This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been updated. I’ve left prior comments in place.

A style wish list

When I began blogging in 2007, I often bemoaned the lack of what I called “grown up clothes.” At the time, I was still somewhat invested in the concept of age appropriate style. And I was caught up in the fascination with French style*. But I ultimately realized that what I was looking for wasn’t a demographic-driven aesthetic, but a personal one.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting over the years, and have evolved my style to incorporate more color. But many of the same style attributes I was searching for at the beginning are still on my wish list:

  • simple but sophisticated
  • sleek, nothing too bulky or oversized
  • structured but not stiff
  • quality fabric and construction
  • a touch of wit, a little quirky

When I had my color and style analysis three years ago and my Style Personality Profile was assessed as Gamine, it was a confirmation of what I’d always been drawn to style-wise. I’ve since added “Natural” as a modifier, which incorporates some texture and fluidity. (Some days I lean more toward Gamine, other days more toward Natural.)

Susan B. wears a long linen cardigan, striped linen tee and barrel-leg jeans.

cardigan | necklace | tee | belt | bracelet (similar) | jeans | sandals

(I’ve been experimenting with this season’s looser, more relaxed silhouettes, while still trying to keep the overall look “neat.” I think these barrel-leg jeans add a touch of quirky.)

The Style Personality Profiles

Style Personality Profiles are a tool to help create cohesion and harmony, and a wardrobe that suits the individual. An image consultant will make an assessment based on a combination of physical and personality attributes, as well as client’s own tastes and preferences. Your personal profile will suggest which cuts, fabrics, and details will help bring your best self forward. You may find that you are a blend of two or more profiles.

Here are the 10 Personality Profiles:

  • The Diva/Dramatic: flamboyant, over the top, intense, can be a little bit scary. Think Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Rhianna
  • The Classic: Elegant, well-groomed, understated and chic. Think Grace Kelly, Duchess of Cambridge, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cate Blanchett.
  • The Gentlewoman/Natural Classic: Sporty yet elegant, relaxed yet put-together. Think Meryl Streep, Jennifer Anniston, Princess Diana.
  • The Adventurer/Natural: Sporty, outdoorsy, relaxed and wholesome, needs easy, textured styles. Think: Lauren Hutton, Ali McGraw, Julia Roberts.
  • The Gamine: neat, cute, fun, funky. Think Audrey Hepburn, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Audrey Tatou.
  • The Princess: pretty, delicate, feminine, with small-scale, petite features. Think Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried.
  • The Bohemian/Natural Romantic: Feminine, sexy, glamorous, earthy. Think: Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Winslet, Lily Tomlin.
  • The Starlet/Romantic Princess: Pretty, very feminine, sweetly sexy. Think Reese Witherspoon as Elle in “Legally Blonde,” Christina Ricci, Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson.
  • The Romantic: Glamorous, sophisticated, ultra-feminine and usually curvy. Think: Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Taylor, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey.
  • The Musketeer/Dramatic Romantic: Theatrical, flamboyant, exciting and earthy. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Debra Messing, Salma Hayek.

This discussion of the profiles with Annie Castaño and Ivana Nohel of Castanohel goes into more depth:

The best style for each of us is one that feels authentic and allows us to shine. Some people come by that instinctively, while others find guidelines helpful. The concept of Style Personalities isn’t intended to impose rules or put anyone in a box. To me, it’s a helpful framework to quantify and understand WHY something works or doesn’t. Understanding your style personality can help prevent expensive shopping mistakes, and assist in building a cohesive wardrobe of pieces that we’ll actually WEAR.

Springtime in London: Susan B in Green Park.

jacket (similar) | top (similar) | jeans (similar) | bag (similar) | sneakers

*it only took a couple of visits to Paris to understand that what’s often presented as French style is a small subset of what women actually wear. There are some commonalities, but much more diversity than most “French girl” articles might lead us to believe.

Do any of the Style Personality Profiles resonate with you?

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92 Comments

  1. July 6, 2021 / 4:18 am

    I wonder if pixie (my designated personality style) is aligned with gamine ? I always thought of myself as classic ( summer attire = Bermuda shorts or white jeans , button down shirts or polo tops ) but maybe pixie is the true to myself ME? I’m a summer who dresses in spring-wrongfully?

    • Rhonda
      July 6, 2021 / 6:50 am

      I agree with you Paulette! I gravitate toward J Crew and Ann Taylor when I shop in the thrift stores. But when I did a deeper dive into these styles, I discovered that Gamine fit better with my body type. I’ve been trying to follow some of the gamine style tips–higher neckline (I tended to v-neck), fitted at waist, knee, ankle (I started using a French tuck), shirts with small patterns.

  2. July 6, 2021 / 5:14 am

    I feel the Classic, Natural Classic and Natural categories sum up the majority of my wardrobe. There were many years of hit and miss before I was able to clearly understand my need for comfort and confidence related to what I was wearing. My favorite pieces are quite basic and neutral. I prefer to add my more personal touch by accessorizing. I also feel that my personality plays a major role in my fashion choices. I am a hard no on so many styles that have come and gone over the years. I am very satisfied with where I have landed today.
    Thanks for a fun blog!

  3. Kelly
    July 6, 2021 / 5:21 am

    That was a fun post! I had previously watched the video with Annie and Ivana and knew immediately that I was a Natural Classic or Huntswoman. Even at the height of Covid I couldn’t bring myself to wear leggings and tees. I often felt I was the only person at Target or the market in jeans and a nice shirt or sweater and shoes other than sneakers. But I felt like me, which was nice in such uncertain times!

  4. Marianne
    July 6, 2021 / 5:50 am

    I enjoyed the discussion, it was very informative.

  5. Kathie
    July 6, 2021 / 5:56 am

    What a fun post. I’ll watch the video tonight. I’m basically a natural classic but I have a touch of gamine that comes out in the summer when I like to wear “loud” pant in bright colors and fun prints. Otherwise I almost never wear prints other than animal prints. I adore stripes and neat scarves (there’s another hint of gamine). My look is always put-together. I could never be seen in sweats or leggings My jeans are dark wash. I always wear light makeup. My jewelry is understated and generally real, my few costume pieces are subtle. I’m a tonal warm and have purged by closet of black and white other than my yoga clothes.

  6. Sue H
    July 6, 2021 / 6:15 am

    As a trained image consultant, I believe that style personality is the most important characteristic every woman should know. It’s at the heart of what makes us feel comfortable and confident (bien dans sa peau as the French say). Wearing styles that are authentic to who you are – and knowing those to avoid – makes shopping much easier. I am a classic. I love elegant fashion, and often use column dressing as my preferred style. It’s easy and reflects who I am. Thanks for sharing this post.

  7. Candy
    July 6, 2021 / 7:15 am

    Susan, I really appreciate your comment about how what’s typically presented as French style applies to only a small subset of women. If you Google all the articles about French style, the photos are inevitably of younger white, very slender women, when the reality, as you point out, is much more diverse. While my personal style tends toward classic, seeing how a variety of women — especially those who don’t look like me — put together a not-so-classic outfit gives me inspiration to broaden my style personality.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      July 7, 2021 / 4:58 pm

      Bravo for remembering that Paris and other major cities are multiracial and multicultural.

      I’m definitely boho but don’t fit into any of the subsets here. No pastels, no white, few loud colours except for red, forest green and a certain deep violet. I like skirts but hate ruffles… Have to shop a bit this summer as I’ve dropped at least two sizes, but little appeals in the shops.

  8. Nancy
    July 6, 2021 / 7:18 am

    Is it common to be one type but long to be more like another? I know my style is classic but I also like some quirk and I find it difficult to find clothes that are classic with a bit of fun. I wish I were more gamine or romantic but I feel most comfortable in classic. Just curious if this is fairly common for folks. Love this post!

    • August 21, 2021 / 5:51 am

      For what you describe I’d shop some Talbots, some Ann Taylor and then, some tops and accessories from Anthropologie- fun!

  9. July 6, 2021 / 7:48 am

    I love the color approach, but I don’t quite get the profiles. The time I spent style blogging was super helpful to me though. I had to eventually define myself as polished tomboy, and then a reader characterized my style as no-fuss edgy, and I was like YES ALL THAT! And I am not sure where edgy+tomboy fits in those profiles. It’s a very Northern California/East Coast approach, and maybe very niche;).

    I bet you will be great at helping people find their personal style.

    • MaureenC
      July 9, 2021 / 12:14 am

      I would characterise myself as no fuss edgy too, it’s a more common style amongst women in European cities particularly in the creative industries. It’s not a style you see much in the US outside of the places you mention but it’s a very common look in London.

    • Cola
      June 20, 2022 / 7:02 am

      Yes to no-fuss edgy! Not sure where that fits in Susan’s categories but it should!

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        June 20, 2022 / 7:06 am

        It could fit into a few of the profiles, depending on the silhouettes and fabrics. Dramatic, Gamine, and even some Classic (or any combination of these).

  10. Diane B
    July 6, 2021 / 7:49 am

    I really like the mermaid blouse on you, That length of sleeve is difficult to find in styles I like. If I were to wear that type of print I would look like I was dressing in some other persons’ clothes. Due to a few anomalies in my style typing, there is a small percentage of another style type, and that is represented by a similar percentage of that clothing type. This could work out to be the overall outline of the major type and a print etc. to represent the other, occasionally jeweller will do it. Sometimes hard to work out, but when it does, it feels just right.When I have tried to wear something in for example Huntswoman style, I would have it taken off before I left the closet. Just feels so wrong. This is such a fascinating topic, I could read about it all the time. Well, maybe not all.

  11. July 6, 2021 / 7:51 am

    I am having so much fun learning to interpret bohemian/romantic for me. Especially now that I am a vibrant autumn/bohemian/romantic. I promised to be teachable and open. There are some traits of boho I want to try to work with and others I will leave behind. But it really is fun to find what fits you best.

  12. Angela Pea
    July 6, 2021 / 7:59 am

    I’m going to proclaim myself a Bohemian Musketeer! The combination of these two styles is my closet exactly.

  13. SuD
    July 6, 2021 / 8:02 am

    I guess my overall style is a combination natural/classic/gamine and touches of global/boho in accessories.

  14. Carol W Wayne
    July 6, 2021 / 8:02 am

    I know this would probably be a lot of work…but could we have outfits to match each style. Like you did for the French women classics?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      July 6, 2021 / 8:13 am

      Yes, I’ll be working on this for future posts.

      • Shawn
        July 6, 2021 / 8:26 am

        Yay!

  15. Yvonne
    July 6, 2021 / 8:51 am

    What a fun discussion! I’m a Dramatic Classic. Every time I’ve done one of those personality profiles, I’m always split half and half. My clothes tend to lean towards the more classic (but usually with a unique feature) and my accessories are usually bold and artistic.

  16. Anon
    July 6, 2021 / 9:20 am

    I think some of these “style personalities” come down to body shape dressing. If we take our coloring, lifestyles and body shapes into account, we arrive at what looks and works best for us. I don’t find style personality typology helpful.

  17. Mary
    July 6, 2021 / 10:04 am

    I react badly to this sort of thing. If you read carefully it’s putting women into categories based partly on things they cannot control – body size & shape and facial features. I feel sad when I read comments like: “Is it common to be one type but long to be another?” Come on, it’s just clothes! Wear what makes you feel like your best self and forget the rules. If you’re 6’2 and want to dress like a princess, go for it!
    I’m glad you made that comment about so called “French” style. Walk around Paris and you will see way more than the typical French style promoted to American women – you know, skinny white girl with artfully messy hair, red lipstick, scarf tied just-so…

    • Patrish
      July 6, 2021 / 1:17 pm

      I totally agree with Mary.
      I think ‘categories’ are just plain lame. I thought that was what we
      were trying to get away from.
      If you don’t like the way you look, don’t wear the clothes. If you like the way you look, that’s your style.
      You can’t buy style. You either have it (your own) or you don’t.
      Pay attention to proportion and colors that don’t drain your face.
      No one needs and expert. All you need is a mirror and a critical eye.

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        July 6, 2021 / 1:45 pm

        Perhaps you don’t (and that’s fine) but many of us DO get value from having someone with a trained and objective eye provide style suggestions and feedback. We all process information differently.

        • Patrish
          July 6, 2021 / 4:37 pm

          Yes, I don’t need help because I have made my mistakes along the way and have the confidence to decide on my own what feels right for me.
          I firmly believe that one does not become confident by having someone tell them what to do.
          Confidence comes when you put yourself out there and make choices, take chances, right or wrong and go forward from there, learning
          what works for you. Not only style-wise but life choices.
          Women have worked so hard to have our voices heard, and I feel that all this ‘help’ is purely sales based and it has nothing to do
          with helping someone be confident. No one who is confident would be buying into yet another category, or color group.
          It just adds more confusion……what ‘slot’ do I fit in to? Can I make myself more of this or that…..And, who is trained? What does that mean?
          Show me credentials.
          Imitation is free. Admire the people who make you look twice. Then, do it for yourself. Live along into your own ‘style’.

          • Susan Blakey
            Author
            July 6, 2021 / 4:44 pm

            Hi Patrish, if you think I’m “telling [anyone] what to do,” I’m afraid you’ve misunderstood what I’m trying to convey. “Tools, not rules” is my guiding principle. If what I’ve offered doesn’t work for you, feel free to ignore it.

        • July 9, 2021 / 10:10 pm

          I’ve noticed that whenever someone writes up a list of ideas intending to be inspirational, the list is almost immediately labeled as proscriptive and restrictive, designed to put the reader in a box. Life as we have known it up till now, lived on the wind with no definitions to control one’s total free will, is threatened. The writer clearly wishes to usurp the rights of the individual. No one should be told what to do, not in this corner of the interwebs. What I don’t understand is why are these otherwise ‘free’ people so threatened by a list of words, intended to be helpful, but always misinterpreted as secretly hostile to Free Will.

      • Abbey
        June 21, 2022 / 11:59 am

        Ladies-this blog is one woman’s opinion-it is not a fashion magazine with a staff of contributors. Perhaps think of that when you start poo-pooing all over her ideas. If you have more to say, maybe you should start a blog and spend the time and energy that Susan does. Calling her ideas ‘lame’ isn’t helpful.
        And, I speak from experience when I say don’t knock it till you try it. My style/color consultation (with Red Leopard) was absolutely life changing. Who cares where confidence comes from as long as you have it! Can’t we just be supportive of all women feeling confident…however they get there?!!!??

        • Linda
          June 21, 2022 / 12:08 pm

          Applauding your words, Abbey!!

    • Julie
      June 20, 2022 / 4:47 am

      Agree Mary.
      I enjoy a variety of colors and styles and would rather not be categorized or follow rules.

    • MP
      June 20, 2022 / 6:44 am

      Yes, I agree with you Mary. With age and wisdom we figure out what looks good on us and what we are uncomfortable in. Such a personal thing. I don’t need a guidebook for that. I read fashion blogs for inspiration but always do my own thing.

  18. darlene gomes
    July 6, 2021 / 10:20 am

    What woven shoes are you wearing with your jeans?? I do not see info about them. Thanks.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      July 6, 2021 / 10:24 am

      Hi Darlene, if you’re referring to the raffia oxfords, here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3jckL8G (There’s a link below the image but it kind of gets lost 😉 )

  19. Cancan
    July 6, 2021 / 10:52 am

    I would love to see you put together a post on how each style personality puts together something simple, say a tee shirt and jeans. It could include different accessories, jewelry, hairstyles, and prints to highlight each archetype.
    I would find the visual illustrations so much more helpful than referring to a movie star. Meryl Streep, which one? Mamma Mia or Out of Africa?!

    • Lori
      July 6, 2021 / 3:50 pm

      I agree. I can’t relate to any of the celebrities mentioned. I love the idea of styling simple outfits with each “type” of accessory. Of course, not all the types would even wear just jeans and a tee, but perhaps another sample of a column of color for the “fancier” types.

      • Kim
        June 20, 2022 / 3:46 am

        Love this idea!

    • Cola
      June 20, 2022 / 7:20 am

      Yes to this idea! A simple jeans and T outfit to illustrate the different style types. Even if not done perfectly, it would get the ideas across.

  20. Nancy MK
    July 6, 2021 / 10:53 am

    Susan, the video is delightful and informative. Huntswoman, me, who knew! I have always preferred textured fabrics in simple shapes. I do feel like Wonder Woman in a blazer, often tweed, but also plain if soft like cashmere. The draping was persuasive, as to colors for autumns which I might be (that or spring), yet as my hair changed from red to a mixture of white, brown and red, black became a good color for me which would not fit autumn or spring. The ladies are a complete hoot. Thanks again.

  21. July 6, 2021 / 11:35 am

    What are the male equivalents of these personality types? I imagine “Classic” would work for anyone, but what are the equivalents of “Starlet” and “Princess”? 😉

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      July 7, 2021 / 5:09 pm

      Young leading man – and prince.

  22. Eileen
    July 6, 2021 / 12:00 pm

    I would also appreciate pictures of different styles, actress’ are either super dressed up, or playing a “role” in a movie.
    When I have visited Paris, women of a certain age wore a lot of classic styles, in classic or subdued color ways. Thanks for the video.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      July 7, 2021 / 5:13 pm

      You don’t know my Parisian friends! Though I agree about subdued or subtle colour, even among artistic types, of a certain age.

  23. Kay
    July 6, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    The labels make my head spin. I have taken to calling myself “restrained boho.” I definitely lean boho, but I also have a closet full of Eileen Fisher basics. I do big earrings and one bracelet, seldom a necklace. In California, of course, I can do sandals most of the year. I wear hats.

    Thank you for that clarification of “French style.” I spend time in France (well, I used to, thanks Covid) with my French family, none of whom dress like stylish Parisians. I have always thought American women would be sadly disappointed when travelling to France and discovering casual, sometimes even sloppy, dressing alongside the fewer Parisian chic costumes around. It also served to make American women feel “less than,” I thought, thinking they wouldn’t measure up to the runway women on all the streets in France. This has been, for me, a long-standing “pet peeve.”

  24. Jill Ann
    July 6, 2021 / 4:24 pm

    Susan, since we’re using celebrities to illustrate the types, how would you classify Ines de la Fressange?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      July 6, 2021 / 4:26 pm

      I’d bet Ines is mostly Classic, with some Dramatic.

  25. Eve
    July 6, 2021 / 4:27 pm

    I’m for soft and worn looking fabrics, jeans, sneakers or loafers. I do like color but not a lot of it. I Do like graphic tees but color in pants just never seem to work for me. I like mid to lighter colors. I like to express a sense of fun, nothing ever structured, or fitted. I have to feel free in my clothes, burlap straw rope things appeal to me. I think I have the all American, small town girl look. I’d call me a southern natural.

  26. Jean
    July 6, 2021 / 5:10 pm

    I’m having trouble fitting Audrey Hepburn and Ellen DeGeneres in the same profile.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      July 6, 2021 / 5:18 pm

      Think simple, neat, no frills, “snappy.” (I’m thinking of Audrey Hepburn in a marinière and slim pants, not her character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…) There’s a wide range of expression in each of the profiles.

      • Linda
        July 7, 2021 / 1:15 pm

        Yes! I think Audrey and Ellen DO belong in the same category. Different personal manifestations of the same style aesthetic.

  27. July 6, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    These are so fun!! I was trained with another system that uses different words, but the concept is the same. Understanding what we love and what works can make dressing easier. It also gives many women the freedom to experiment where they might have otherwise felt stuck.
    I have been a classic/elegant for as long as I can remember. I now take those attributes and wear them in a more sporty way, but there is always a touch of elegance. The system I was trained in also took a person’s personality into account when choosing the best color pallet. Personality has energy and so do colors. I love all of this! Very fun, Susan.

  28. Cindylou
    July 6, 2021 / 9:39 pm

    Thanks for a great post. I liked the way you dressed before your consultation (which is why I started reading your blog) but I like your style even more now that you’ve incorporated more color. I think I’m a classic gamine. I’m short, 5’2” and a little busty and not much of a waistline. Big prints and clothes overpower me. I like a neat, fun look with a bit of elegance. Slim pants with tops that skim the body and simple dresses. I love black and white and since I’m a winter it loves me back. I have incorporated more color in my wardrobe. I like wearing colorful pants with a simple top and jewelry or scarf, depending on the season. I think it looks chic and I love it on other women. And I love stripes.

  29. Ainsivalavie
    July 8, 2021 / 7:23 am

    I have to agree with the comments about pegging ourselves into style holes. Some days I wear J Crew navy striped top with navy pants and a J Crew Sophie cardigan.. Pretty classic and I feel great..but I also own and love wearing some pretty ‘out there’ garments as well. Tassels, kimonos, wide legs, skinny legs, flown and structured. I am drawn (and repelled ) by certain colours noting that the colours I like work with my bright Winter colouring.I came from a family of women that had a strong sense of personal style so I just followed that pattern but jettisoned that which did not ring true for ME. This did create some conflict with my mother but I persevered. I am far more Helena Bonham Carter then the Duchess of Cambridge but I also relate to several other categories. I guess I am my own category.

  30. July 9, 2021 / 6:45 am

    While I like to think of myself as Diva/Dramatic (because I’m an opera singer), I really don’t dress that way. I think I go most often between Bohemian and Gypsy/Musketeer, with a bit of gamine. And when I put on dresses, they tend toward the classic or romantic.

    I can definitely identify what I am NOT: Starlet, Princess, Adventurer, Huntswoman.

    I gravitate toward jewel tones (even on my head – see my purple and teal hair!), black (although not as much as when I was starting out as a singer, when that was pretty much my uniform), with bold prints and flowing lines.

  31. Shari
    June 20, 2022 / 5:09 am

    Don’t see myself in any of these. Where is the minimal/urban/edgy? Clean lines, black, leather…

    • Sheryl
      June 20, 2022 / 7:55 am

      Could be Diva/Classic?

    • lisa pearce
      June 20, 2022 / 8:40 am

      exactly.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 9:11 am

      That could fit within Dramatic, Gamine, or even Classic or any combination of these.

  32. Lucy
    June 20, 2022 / 6:14 am

    Susan, Because of your blog, I am familiar with the Red Leopard. So when I was in London recently, I called (at the last minute-ugh) and Manina and Rachel very graciously worked me in for a color analysis. What an eye opening experience and what a treat, its the best thing I have done for myself in a long time!. I lost my home in a house fire last year, my entire wardrobe went up in flames so I am a grandmother starting over as “une femme d’un certain age”. And I learned that many of the clothes that I was looking to purchase are NOT my best colors.

    I am back home in the US now, and have scheduled an online style appointment with Rachel and I can hardly wait. I wish I could go back to London and spend a day or two with them in person and go shopping! THANK YOU for your blog and recommendations!

  33. McKlem
    June 20, 2022 / 6:23 am

    I’m fascinated by the concept that the right colors can lessen shadows on the face. I want to wear less make up. Is that something that’s part of standard color analysis?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 6:24 am

      Yes! I find that when I’m wearing my best colors, I need less makeup. And best makeup colors are part of a color analysis.

  34. Sally
    June 20, 2022 / 7:04 am

    Thanks for this Susan! It’s taking me a while to settle in to Annie’s assessment of me (dramatic/gamine) and how that translates into clothes that feel authentic for me personally. I think the dramatic part comes from the angularity of my body and facial features—boyish clothes or a gentlewoman look is what I lean toward (Katherine Hepburn comes to mind). At 75 achieving the ‘neat’ appearance of the gamine is challenging. I’m still struggling a bit with the vibrant autumn color palette as well. I’ll get there eventually. My tendency in the past has been jeans and a big shirt (historically white) because I grew up on the beach in Southern California. Thank you for your always insightful thoughts on style!

  35. Kimberly Chinen
    June 20, 2022 / 7:05 am

    Hello Susan! Will you be publishing a suggested fall travel wardrobe soon? Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and wisdom in all that you write…you are a gift to your readers!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 7:15 am

      Thanks so much, Kimberly! Look for something toward the end of next month, when fall styles become available.

  36. Mary B Perez
    June 20, 2022 / 7:17 am

    Found this discussion fascinating. If you’re reading Susan’s blog, you must be interested in her thoughts about style, so have to laugh about those who resent any style opinions and advice. When I wear a certain bright blue color, always get compliments. What colors do I mostly wear, yup…black, beige, grey, navy blue, and denim blue. Maybe because they don’t show dirt.

  37. Roxanne K Steed
    June 20, 2022 / 7:31 am

    No wonder I gravitate towards ALL your posts (and have purchased many of your selections with great happiness!!!) – I’m a natural gamine, too!!! It has really helped me make better choices that I LOVE wearing since Ive been able to ‘name this sense of style’ that was truly my personality comfort zone. I found Annie Castano through you as well. She confirmed my suspicions…and it is like ‘freedom’ – just to know!! Thanks for all your help!!! (you’ve helped make shopping for clothes so much easier for me!!).

  38. Julia
    June 20, 2022 / 7:37 am

    Very good advice from Susan and it was also interesting to read all the comments. I think it may be pertinent to note that our style may change at different ages or for lifestyle reasons. For example, when you retire from full-time work, you probably rely more often on casual styles rather than business suits or formal wear. I don’t mean you have to get scruffy or sloppy but it stands to reason that you’re not going to put on a business suit if you’re staying home more often! That’s why I think Susan’s (smart casual) style is perfect for retirement.

  39. Andie Rushing
    June 20, 2022 / 7:38 am

    Thank you, Susan! This was so much fun! Could you please give me the name of the stylist in San Diego?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 7:45 am

      Her name is Alise Shatoff.

  40. Sally
    June 20, 2022 / 8:02 am

    BTW Susan: what’s the ‘origin’ of these style personalities? Are they from the Kibbe method? Did Red Leopard do a ‘personality test as well as a physical assessment? Thanks

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 8:08 am

      I’ve seen these and similar concepts used by several different style “systems,” not sure of the origins. My experience and training with Red Leopard is that a style analysis encompasses physical proportions, a personality quiz, and having the client bring in items from their wardrobe to get a sense of their tastes. The resulting personality profile is a very individualized assessment that includes input and feedback from the client.

      • Sally
        June 20, 2022 / 10:29 pm

        Thank you Susan! That’s very nice. I can see how Red Leopard’s system would work very well. Brilliant.

  41. Molly
    June 20, 2022 / 8:05 am

    Fun article, but I’m not sure why, as a style blogger, you wear blue jeans so much of the time. Blue jeans just say to me that I couldn’t be bothered thinking of something else to pull this outfit together. Many of your tops would look better with white or beige jeans or linen pants. Even shorts or a skirt could look good.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 8:12 am

      I like them, find them comfortable, and they suit our casual lifestyle. But you can see some other styles here: My Outfits

    • Julia
      June 20, 2022 / 9:27 am

      Actually, Susan has often appeared in other pants, such as beige, white and striped linen. I think she may get fed up of jeans from time to time. But as she is small and dainty, jeans fit and suit her well.

  42. MJ
    June 20, 2022 / 9:17 am

    Start with the hair! If you find a hairstyle that suits you, this will point the way. I recently switched hairstylists, and found someone who understands that style is a personality, not an age. I went in with photo inspiration and dressed using pattern mixing. He got it.

    I don’t agree with style types in many cases because they’re linked to body type, which consequently means weight. Why can’t a curvy woman have a gamine or sporty style personality? Why does a curvy woman have to be a boho type, etc.? Why can’t a very tall woman be gamine? I do not accept these limitations. For this reason, I call my style eclectic. I have worn different elements of all these style types at different times in my life. I chose colors that suit my complexion. My complexion, body type, weight and age do not define my personality. I don’t fit into a small box. I like to have fun with my clothes, but sometimes practicality and where I live rule the day. Does that make me a “style rebel” ( not on the list)?

    BTW, my hairstyle now is definitely “gamine”. It works for the hair I have through genetics.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 9:41 am

      Hi MJ, actually a Gamine can be any body type. 😉 It’s also about a person’s “essence” and personality.

  43. Carol Montanti
    June 20, 2022 / 10:43 am

    Just so interesting Susan! And you elicit such interesting comments from your followers too, a sign of a thoughtful writer!
    I have never commented on what you wear but today I am going to say – forget the barrel jeans! I think you look great in the slim leg jeans and pants!

  44. Susan B
    June 20, 2022 / 1:10 pm

    I enjoyed this discussion. I find personality style much more helpful than the season color categories, although they are very helpful, too. I understand more why I don’t care for some styles and why they just don’t feel like me.

  45. Nora
    June 20, 2022 / 2:31 pm

    Those barrel-leg jeans are so cute, and you look awesome in them! I really enjoyed this post both times. A side note, I have been enjoying your blog for 4 years, and I am 18 now.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 20, 2022 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Nora!

  46. Christine Thomas-O'Meally
    June 20, 2022 / 3:42 pm

    Vacillating between these two:

    The Bohemian/Natural Romantic: Feminine, sexy, glamorous, earthy. Think: Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Winslet, Lily Tomlin
    The Musketeer/Dramatic Romantic: Theatrical, flamboyant, exciting and earthy. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Debra Messing, Salma Hayek

    Today is definitely a Boho day.

    • Christine Thomas-O'Meally
      June 20, 2022 / 3:43 pm

      Ah, and I see I answered this the same way before!

  47. Bette
    June 20, 2022 / 4:43 pm

    Loved the video and appreciated learning a framework through which to view style. I agree that personality has to factor into the final analysis — and was fascinated by Imogen Lamport’s use of Myers Briggs types as yet another way of understanding the nexus of personality and fashion choices.

  48. Stephanie
    June 21, 2022 / 8:57 pm

    I would like to get a color analysis and wondered if you think an online analysis would be worth it or best to find someone in my area (Dallas)for an in person analysis. Btw love your blog!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 22, 2022 / 6:30 am

      Hi Stephanie, thanks! There are some excellent options for online analysis. And an in-person analysis provides a chance to really see the different effects of colors up close. It really just depends on what you feel more comfortable with.

  49. Mary Alice
    June 21, 2022 / 10:59 pm

    Suddenly I am getting notifications of all the responses to this post. How can I turn it off?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 22, 2022 / 6:07 am

      There should be a link at the bottom of the notification email to “manage subscriptions.” I’ve gone ahead and turned it off from my end.

  50. No Fear of Fashion
    June 22, 2022 / 9:05 am

    Difficult! Am I a diva or a musketeer?
    Greetje

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 22, 2022 / 9:08 am

      I think you’re a Dramatic Classic. 😉

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